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Henry A. "Hank" Praast

Born: Wed., Jul. 4, 1973
Died: Sun., Jun. 16, 2019


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jun. 26, 2019
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home & Cremation Service

Celebration of Life

4:00 PM Thu., Jun. 27, 2019
Location: Stevensville High School Gym

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Stevensville - Henry “Hank” Praast, 45, of Stevensville passed away Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at St. Patrick Hospital. Hank was born July 4, 1973 in Missoula, MT, the son of Clyde H. Praast and Leona L. Praast. Hank was raised in Greenough, MT and attended the Sunset School until the 8th grade. He then attended Seeley Lake High School and graduated in 1992. Following high school, he attended Western Montana College where he played football for the Bulldogs and studied business. While at Western he met the love of his life Jaime Pfau. They settled in Stevensville, MT and got married on June 30, 2001. Hank and Jaime welcomed two beautiful daughters to their family. Kennedy Ray Praast on June 17, 2003, and Cambree Rose Praast on March 20, 2006. Two of his most treasured gifts. From childhood Hank had a passion for sports. He played basketball and football and was an all-state football player in high school. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and spending summers at the lake and winters snowmobiling. Anyone that knew him also knew that he LOVED the Seattle Seahawks! Hank was also passionate about helping children and student athletes. He had a natural gift for seeing athletes’ skills and abilities and helping them achieve their goals. Not only did he emphasize the importance of fundamentals, Hank also instilled in them that in order to be a successful athlete you have to be a humble, respectful and kind individual. Hank began working for Bitterroot Disposal in 2002. He was more than an employee or co-worker, he was the backbone and support system for the Bitterroot Disposal family. Hank lived to help to others. As an organ donor his legacy of giving continues. Hank is loved beyond measure and will continue to watch over his family. Hank is survived by his wife, Jaime Praast; daughters Kennedy and Cambree Praast; father Clyde (Beth) Praast and mom Sparky Praast; sister Lucy (Randy) Anderson; sister-in-law Christa (Craig) LeCoure.; niece Maliyah, nephews Kellen, Bryson LeCoure and nephew Jalen Pfau; in-laws Jim and Pat Pfau; many aunts and uncles. Visitation will be held at Whitesitt Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A celebration of Hank’s life will be held Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Stevensville High School gymnasium. Interment will take place following the celebration at the St. Mary’s cemetery. A reception will be held following the celebration at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the STARS foundation 104 N. Avenue, Stevensville MT. 59870.

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Pat and Jim Pfau
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
We just don’t have the words to express our pain that our family is going through in the loss of Hank. Thank you Hank for loving our daughter Jaime, for being a wonderful husband, loving your daughters Kennedy and Cambree with every ounce of your being, for loving and respecting every football and basketball player you have ever coached. We pray you and Rita will watch over Jaime, Jalen, Kennedy, Cambree, Maliyah, Bryson, Kellen and the rest of our beautiful family. Hank not only blessed and loved our family, but blessed the lives of so many families by donating his precious organs. What a giving man you are Hank. He gave thousands of hours to the children of Stevensville over the last 18 years and they are forever grateful. We will forever miss you Hank. God Rest Your Soul. We love you now and forever. Rest In Peace. Momma Pat Pfau and Dad Jim Pfau.

Becky(Woirhaye) DeBoer
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
Words are never enough. I am so sorry for your loss and know there are many Thoughts of peace and comfort sent your way.memories that will live on.

Brenda A (Woirhaye)Lindquist
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
You are all in my heart and prayers. Leona used to cut my hair when I was a teenager in Greenough. I remember Little Hank crawling around on the floor and chewing on a chicken leg bone. Special memories.
Words can not express the loss of a loved one.

Terry Boston Joanne Puccinelli/Boston
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
Dear Jamie & family,

Please accept my condolences for the death of Hank. I cannot even imagine the sorrow you are feeling. I am sending you love and assurance you will be in my prayers. After reading about Hank, I feel he was a very special man and you must have wonderful memories to treasure.

God bless,
Joanne Puccinelli

Roy and Max Taylor
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kathy and Dale Dufresne
   Posted Thu June 27, 2019
Although we did not know Hank well we know enough because of the special family he joined! We appreciated reading about all he did for kids! He was obviously an amazing, husband, father and community member. No words can express such a loss. We share your sorrow.

Jeff Hansen
   Posted Fri June 28, 2019
I just read of Hank's passing and truly am sorry for your loss. I coached Hank at Western and enjoyed my time of getting to know him as both a person and as a player. Please accept my condolences. Staff strong!!

Shane Kravik
   Posted Mon July 01, 2019
I was shocked to hear of Hanks' passing. Hank and I where team mates at Western and I will always remember the camaraderie that we shared. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

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